Petition Ban the sale of flying plastic rings to help protect marine wildlife

Flying Ring, Frisbees with holes whatever you want to call them, are harming our marine wildlife. The sale of them needs to be banned. Every year there are reports of hundreds of seals ending up injured or dead because of a simple toy.

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Flying rings get embedded into seals necks and cause, I should imagine, a lot of pain.

Seal pups are apparently inquisitive mammals so often play with these rings when they find them. It then gets stuck on their neck and as they grow it gets tighter and tighter until eventually they choke or starve to death. Please ban the sale.

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Issues affecting marine mammals to be investigated by MPs

The MPs on the House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee have launched an inquiry into issues affecting marine mammals such as whales, dolphins and porpoises. The investigation by the Committee will cover marine mammals in UK waters and worldwide.

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The Committee will be considering the following questions:

  • What is the status of marine mammal populations?
  • How, and for what purpose, are marine mammals being killed?;
  • Beyond whaling, what human behaviours are affecting whale populations and how?;
  • How effective are the global protections of marine mammals?;
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  • What role can the UK Government play to protect and promote the conservation of marine mammals internationally?

Why has the Committee launched this inquiry?

Whales, dolphins and porpoises are a group of marine mammals collectively known as cetaceans. During the 19th and 20th centuries many cetacean populations collapsed due to over-hunting.

A moratorium on the commercial hunting of whales was introduced in 1986 by the International Whaling Commission. The recovery from near extinction of some whale populations, such as humpback whales, is considered a major conservation success story. However, some other populations, such as North Atlantic Right Whales remain critically endangered.

Despite the moratorium some counties continue to hunt whales. There are also several human-made hazards, beyond whaling, that threaten marine mammal populations. These include ocean noise, bycatch (where mammals are inadvertently caught by fishers), ship collision, pollution and climate change. There have also been reports that the number of ‘strandings’ (on land) is on the rise. Other marine mammal populations such as seals, manatees and dugongs are also thought to be affected by these human-made hazards.

The aim of the Committee's inquiry is to better to understand the role that Britain can play in protecting marine mammals in UK waters and worldwide.

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